ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A St. Louis man was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday after pleaded guilty to abusing a dog in August 2013 to such a degree that the animal had to be put down.
Wesley Reid appeared in St. Louis Circuit Court to plead guilty to animal abuse and knowingly burning an animal.
According to a spokesperson for the Humane Society of Missouri, the group's Animal Cruelty Task Force was called to the 5700 block of Amelia Avenue, located in the Walnut Park East neighborhood, after discovery of an abused dog.
The owner initially called the HSMO to report his dog missing on the evening of August 26. A neighbor found the dog in a backyard and contacted the owner, who later surrendered the animal to the HSMO.
An HSMO veterinarian confirmed the dog, named "Zeus," had suffered third-degree burns on 75 percent of his head, from his ears to nose, with severe injury to his eyes. An additional 30 percent of Zeus' body was burned, including his front left paw, which had no "padding" due to the burns, as well as the left side of his body, hip, left leg and scrotum.
Veterinarians determined Zeus' injuries had caused extreme suffering and decided to euthanize the dog.
The veterinarian said prior to this incident, Zeus appeared to have been in excellent health with good dental and body condition.
Wesley Reid was arrested in October 2013.